Just recently, Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation provided a three million dollar grant for the largest international advocacy group of the world’s oceans, Oceana, aimed at protecting threatened ocean habitats and wildlife and advocating for more environmentally responsible fishing measures. The grant is hoping to make a dent in the movement to ban drift gillnets off California so that whales, turtles, dolphins and other marine wildlife will not be caught and killed in the netting.
Yesterday, “The Wolf of Wall Street” star posted a sobering infograph on his Facebook Fan Page with a passionate plea for his loyal fans to stop and take a look at it. He posted, “Mile-long gillnets used in California waters to catch swordfish needlessly kill hundreds of marine animals like dolphins and whales. Check this out…”
Gillnets are responsible for the devastating deaths of approximately one hundred marine mammals each year off the coast of California. Intending to catch swordfish and thresher sharks (still unacceptable to us), these nets threaten endangered species like sea turtles and sperm whales, but a new bill introduced by California Assemblymember Fong has the ability to put an end to this reckless fishing practice.
Do your part and tell California legislators and Governor Jerry Brown to support AB 2019 for safer fishing practices that could save the lives of hundreds of marine wildlife.
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